SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH724717
Module Leader Don McGlinchey
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

ESDM 303 Process Equipment & Plant Design.

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of planning and control of maintenance systems for process equipment and plant.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Maintenance systems: Maintenance objectives and scopes; Maintenance strategies & organizations; Maintenance works; life cycle costs Preventive Maintenance: Principles of preventive maintenance, procedures & selection; Preventive Maintenance planning, scheduling and control; Forms & resources; Maintenance work measurement; Modeling and analysis techniques in PM and inspections; Predictive maintenance. Computerized Maintenance Management systems: Benefits and applications; Work order systems & plant registers; Maintenance reports, analysis and monitoring; Introduction to commercial packages Equipment maintenance: Installation, commissioning and testing of plant equipment, checking for alignment, lubrication and lubrication schedule; maintenance of typical rotating and process equipment systems like turbines, pumps and fans, centrifuges, heat exchangers, boilers and pressure vessels etc. Case studies interfacing areas with maintenance planning and scheduling of process equipment ties into PM & Predictive Maintenance. Reliability Concepts: Basic concepts of probability theory and distributions, definition of reliability, , failure probability, reliability and hazard rate function, MTBF and MTTR, System reliability , series and parallel system, redundancy. Introduction to advance topics: RCM: Seven basic questions for RCM, RCM procedures, Benefits of RCM TPM: Goals of TPM and methodology, TPM improvement plan & procedures.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-Appreciate maintenance objectives and evaluate various maintenance strategies for process plant application.Critically analyze the functions of preventive maintenance and develop necessary planning and scheduling and control of preventive maintenance activities.Evaluate and apply mathematical models for optimum preventive maintenance and inspection.Develop and implement computerized maintenance management systems.Appreciate the commercial software packages available for maintenance application.Identify critical failure modes of plant equipment and plan for maintenance of process systemsEvaluate and allocate responsibilities of maintenance tasks between plant operator and maintenance personnelEvaluate reliability of a simple plant component and system. Understand the advanced concepts such as RCM and TPM techniques and advantages for a company employing them

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Class room lectures, seminars, guest lectures and case studies for exposure to process equipment maintenance.

Indicative Reading

Relevant topics from the following books: Maintenance Planning and scheduling hand book, Doc Palmer, McGraw Hill (1999) Maintenance Strategy, Antony Kelly, Butterworth and Heinemann (2000) Reliability Centred Maintenance, S Moughbray, Butterworth and Heinemann (1997) Introduction to Total Productive Maintenance, S Nakajima, Productivity Press (1988) The TPM Experience, P Willmott, Conference Communications (1995)

Transferrable Skills

Understanding of the basic principles of equipment maintenance and utilization to process industries.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.50 50.00 35% Mid Term Test - Unseen written examination-2½ Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 0.00 30.00 n/a Critical Evaluation of Research paper ( report of 2000 words).